Two Bitcoin Scammers on Twitter Caught in Canada
August 23, 2019 9:03 pm
Karanjit and Jagroop Singh Khatkar two Canadian nationals have been arrested for stealing Bitcoin from an Oregon resident. Both the scammers are based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
The scammers posed as customer service representatives of HitBTC, a Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange. They used HitBTC’s fake account to steal the login credentials of a targeted account.
Attorney’s Office of the District of Oregon stated that the scammers created a Twitter account called @HitBTCAssist to assist customers’ queries online. Karanjit and Jagroop had withdrawn approximately $233,220 in bitcoin from the victim’s account after receiving the information.
However, 23.2 bitcoins were transferred from HitBTC to Karanjit’s account at a separate crypto exchange Kraken. Later, Karanjit transferred half that amount into Jagroop’s Kraken wallet. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report, Karanjit was arrested at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The federal agents said:
“Jagroop Singh Khatkar remains at large and is believed to be in Canada”
In November 2018 one of Google’s account was hacked on Twitter that promoted a Bitcoin “giveaway” scam. Meanwhile, Twitter claimed that the third-party marketing app providers are the reason behind the current hacks that have been taking place on social media.